Truffle Vaucluse © Plantin

On the hunt for truffles in Vaucluse

Mission “Black diamond”

The leading producer of the black diamond in France, Vaucluse is home to 500 truffle growers, each passionate about the mystery of the Tuber Melanosporum. Very approachable, they beckon us closer so that they can share the secrets of this irresistible mushroom, as well as inviting us along to hunt them when the time comes. I decided to follow the “Rabasse en Vaucluse” trail with local professionals. With tasting sessions and activities, let’s begin our truffle journey and mission “Black Diamond”!

The Institut de la truffe

At Plantin, specialist and supplier to fine dining restaurants

For nearly 70 years, the path of the Plantin family has crossed with that of the black diamond. So much so that today, this Vaucluse-based company supplies the best tables in France and exports its products all around the world.
Over the past year, it has launched more widely into the retail sector, increasingly curious about authentic and local products.

In Puyméras, I discovered the Maison Plantin institute, where each product highlights the art of the truffle. The decor of this shop reflects the precious mycorrhised mushroom, with touches of both light and dark brown creating a perfect visual harmony.
The culinary decor accented with fine materials, such as wood and wrought iron, is sophisticated and elegant. Everything is inspiring. From pâtés to flavourful condiments, seasonings to chocolates, truffles are present in every tasty treat. Intoxicated by the fragrance filling the space, I can’t say no to trying some of the delicacies. Have you ever tried them?

Coup de coeur

Firm Favourite

Maison Plantin regularly organises cooking (and gourmet!) classes focussing on the truffle, but also mushrooms, also knowing how to heighten their flavours (like morels).

Truffle products by Plantin

Truffle and Wine Museum in Richerenches

This time you can take as long as you like discovering the famous mushroom as the Truffle and Wine Museum has been established in the vaulted cellars of a former command post of the Knights Templar.
The open stonework and the arches marking the limit between each space give this place a very warm ambiance.
Literature, interactive terminals and educational panels explain the local history and treasures of the truffle. And entrance is free!

Musée de la truffe in Richerenches in Vaucluse
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As the star product of this little village in the Enclave-des-Papes area, the black truffle is honoured on the 3rd Sunday in January each year. A mass is devoted to it, there are walks, and a lovely festival given in honour of the truffle growers!

Richerenches in Vaucluse

Ventoux Truffle Hunting in Monteux

Now we’re going to the estate of the Jaumard family in Monteux, truffle producer in the Ventoux for 3 generations.
I have an appointment for a “cavage” (truffle hunting) session with Baptiste Jaumard and his dog. Like his brother, Baptiste inherited his parents’ passion for this profession and pursued it after completing his studies. Today the family business is centred around the truffle: its production, making products using truffles and agrotourism activities (truffle hunting, discovery days and truffle weekends).
The truffle hunting experience is amazing. The dog has replaced the less than careful pig when hunting, and its sense of smell is rock solid, never getting it wrong!

Cavage de la Truffe in Vaucluse
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Did you know?

Truffles can also be detected by a particular species of fly which, attracted by the irresistible odour (even though it is underground), makes its nest near where the truffle is growing.

Cavage de la Truffe in Vaucluse

Practical information

Booking: www.truffes-jaumard.com (in french)

25 minutes from Avignon via the D907 then D225 then D942
Address: 634 Chemin du Traversier – 84170 Monteux

From mid-November to mid-March

Truffle-related activities

Démonstration de cavage de la truffe noire - Espenon Truffes

Démonstration de cavage de la truffe noire – Espenon Truffes


Friday 30 December 2022 at 2.30 pm. Friday 6 January 2023 at 2.30 pm. Friday 13 January 2023 at 2.30 pm. Friday 20 January 2023 at 2.30 pm. Friday 27 January 2023 at 2.30 pm. Friday 3 February 2023 at 2.30 pm.

Guided tours of the Maison Plantin manufacturing workshops

Guided tours of the Maison Plantin manufacturing workshops


From 10/01 to 15/11/2022, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Truffle Market

Truffle Market


From 04/12 to 12/03, every Saturday between 9 am and 1 pm.

Ban des Truffes

Ban des Truffes


Saturday 3 December 2022 at 10 am.

Truffle tasting on Fridays in Carpentras!

Truffle tasting on Fridays in Carpentras!


Friday 9 December 2022 between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm. By reservation. Friday 16 December 2022 between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm. By reservation.

The truffles Mass

The truffles Mass


Sunday 15 January 2023.

Day of Truffles and Wines at Gigondas LaCave

Day of Truffles and Wines at Gigondas LaCave


Sunday 4 December 2022 between 10 am and 6 pm.

Discovering and cooking with truffles

Discovering and cooking with truffles


From 06/12 to 20/02, daily.

Ventoux Truffle Museum

A dedicated space in Monieux

Richly authentic, the charming village of Monieux is home to this little museum that chronicles the history of the Ventoux truffle through an exhibition, photos and various objects used to harvest the black diamond.
The fun sensory table allows you to feel the truffle with your fingers and smell its aromas.
At the end of the tour, pop into the shop area to admire the local produce!

Info pratique

Practical information

Open every day from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 6 p.m. (closes at 5 p.m. on Mondays) from May to September and from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. (closed on Wednesday afternoons) from September to May.

Musée de la Truffe du Ventoux

Musée de la Truffe du Ventoux © Hocuqel

The Ventoux Truffle Museum in Monieux introduces you to the mushroom’s secrets thanks to a highly colourful literature space and a multisensory table to get to know the textures and aromas of the Tuber Melanosporum.

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